Rockets from Iran seized in Afghanistan: ISAF

Posted: March 9, 2011 in Afghanistan, Iran, World News

Associated Press
March 9, 2011

KABUL — International forces in Afghanistan have seized a “significant” shipment of rockets from Iran which would have doubled insurgents’ strike range, an official said Wednesday.

The 48 122mm rockets, which have a range of 20 kilometres (13 miles), are being linked to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards and were seized last month in Nimroz, a southwestern Afghan province bordering Iran.

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan accuses Iran of providing equipment and support to Afghan militants waging an insurgency against US-led international troops.

But Iran rejects this, with a foreign ministry spokesman describing the allegations last week as “baseless and unacceptable.”

ISAF spokeswoman Lieutenant Commander Colette Murphy told AFP: “These rockets have a further distance than anything that has previously been found… They can go about 20 kilometres, that’s what makes the find so significant.”

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